The building site is ideally located where the Avenida de Mayo axis (East to West) and along the Milla Museos (North to South) intersect. The puente de la Mujer bridge by Santiago Calatrava is to the left of this image with the Fragata Sarmiento (historic ship museum) to the right.
Entrance to the museum is through a series of liminal spaces which set up an ambiguous condition of arrival. There are three separate entries into the Urban Gallery or the New Museum of Arts and Culture (nMAC – Nuevo Museo de Artes y cultura). These entrances locate major cultural icons within the city. The main entrance to the building is through the opening at the puente de la Mujer bridge, which leads into a vast space, eroded by the cultural flows within the city.
The gallery spaces are formed between the interior requirements of the gallery program while always contested by the exterior space of the city. The relationship is one of balance and symbiosis where both gain advantage from the others presence. They are linked in a dance as two partners moving as one, but expressing separate identities.
The circulation inside the new Museum of Contemporary Art (nMAC - Nuevo Museo de Arte Contemporáneo) passes through an exterior court volume that can be understood as both curated interior gallery and exterior space of cultural production; blurring the line between the two and producing new programmatic synergies. The formal, organizational systems express the distinction while finding new hybrid conditions of form, program and experience.
Image supplied via the ACCA competition and shows the beauty of the local context. The site is to the right, just beyond the Calatrava bridge and is ideally located between the city center to the right and the Reserva Ecologica to the left.
The Annual International Design Awards idesignawards.com
Los Angeles, CA - March 26, PLUS-SUM Studio of United States was awarded:
Third Prize in Architecture (Bronze), Urban Design Category for the nMAC Project